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Quickies! And For Once, Success!

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, Media Theatre, State and Monroe, Media, Pa. through April 1 — Vocally, Jenny Lee Stern channels Patsy Cline. The clean, heartfelt sounds register. Physically, I kept seeing Judy … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

2016 Philadelphia Theater Critic’s Awards — The Recipients

The level of theatrical production in the Philadelphia area is so fine, choosing recipients for an annual award was a challenge in all but the Best Supporting Actress category, and … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Chairs — Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Walnut 5

Eugène Ionesco is categorized as an absurdist. The dialogue in his plays often reads as non-sequitur. His characters can rampage, pose, cower, or make declarations at unexpected times. Fantastic events … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Too Much Sun — Isis Productions at Walnut 5

Kitty can’t get any peace. Everyone is her life, or at least in her immediate vicinity, is too loud, too demanding, too unmotivated, and too needy. Kitty wants only to … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Red — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Just as Sweeney Todd instructs Anthony Hope about the various shades of blonde hair, the painter, Mark Rothko, lectures his assistant, named Ken but never addressed as such, about the … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Government Inspector — Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium at Walnut Studio 5

  When I was a child, my first inkling that life was different in the Communist world behind the Iron Curtain did not derive from propaganda but from Eastern European … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Harvey — Walnut Street Theatre

Harvey, the towering — 6’3″…and a half — invisible rabbit in Mary Chase’s durable 1944 play, is a survivor. He outlasts Veta Louise Simmons’s plot to have him exorcised from … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Moon for the Misbegotten — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Kate Galvin’s production of “A Moon for the Misbegotten” is as solid and as sturdy as Eugene O’Neill’s scrappy hulk of a rough-tongued heroine, Josie Hogan. The staging doesn’t dazzle. … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ruth, Billy, Nativity, Ralphie, Free Man, Matilda, Mrs. Wilson, Musketeers, Lintel

BECOMING DR. RUTH — Walnut Independence on 3, Philadelphia, through December 27 — Jane Ridley is consistently engaging in Mark St. Germain’s chatty, informative solo play about Karola Siegel who … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shipwrecked! — Walnut Independence on 3

Greg Wood practically bounds on stage, the enthusiasm of his “Shipwrecked!” character, Louis de Rougemont, being so great, he can barely wait to tell his stories about 30 years of … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment
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